I have been a midwife since 2002, and over the last two decades I have practised in a range of public and private maternity services, and as an antenatal educator. I also practised in the community supporting women pursuing home birth, and was fortunate and greatly privileged to have been mentored in that role by several of Australia’s Doyennes of private practice midwifery; their stories around the fire sparked my abiding interest in the history of midwifery in Australia.
I currently work as a midwife academic in Melbourne, Australia where, as well as supporting our future midwives’ learning, I coordinate a midwifery research program. I am a member of several national midwifery committees, and have been involved with the ACM all my midwifery life: I was the State Branch deputy chair in Western Australia for many years, and am presently a member of the Victorian State Branch Executive Committee.
It is my firm belief that a strong future for midwifery depends on us having detailed understanding of the position and practice of midwifery in the past, and that it is essential to learn from the experiences of our foremothers, living and passed. It is an honour to be involved with the Australian Midwifery History project and to help contribute to documenting our story.